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on April 4, 2016
Amazing. I went through the essential flash cards first, which weren't as challenging but did fill in some gaps in my vocabulary. If you want the easiest strategy to boost your verbal (and writing) scores, these cards are it. I memorized 10-15 cards a day, and reviewed all of them every week. It just takes a lot of diligence to memorize all of them and revisit them until the day of the test. Like I said, it's the easiest way to boost your verbal score since all you have to do is memorize, and you have complete control of how many vocab words you want to learn/memorize before the test. Not only that, including the vocab in this deck in your analytical writing essays will also help you increase your writing score. The cards also have similar words/synonyms that you can push yourself to memorize and group together as well. I'd like to say they were made with quality...the paper was thick and a little glossy, the text was easy to read. The little key ring that you can put in the perforation in the cards is extremely helpful...if I was on the go I'd take the cards everywhere with me...at a coffee shop, at the gym, etc. The key ring makes the cards mobile and accessible and keeps them from becoming a mess. I'd highly recommend if you're looking to increase both your verbal and writing scores.
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on December 12, 2014
The product itself is very good. But the one I bought has an obvious problem. The words start with A,B are missing, the words start with C,D are doubled, and since I bought both essential and advanced words, after I finish the essential one, it's too late to return this one....
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on January 11, 2017
These were very helpful to study prior to the GRE. I studied this set of flashcards for a good 2 weeks before my exam and scored in the 98th percentile. Not all of the words on my exam came from this set, but a good handful did. It's also handy that they come hole-punched, with a ring to keep them together. I could throw the ring in my bag and not have to bother with lugging the whole box around, or trying to keep the cards together with a rubber band.

I also purchased the 500 Essential Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards (Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides). I would say, if you're an English major, or someone who reads a lot of English Lit, it wouldn't hurt to get both, but focus more on this set, as they'll definitely be more of a challenge. You'll probably know most of the Essential words already.
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on May 9, 2014
Some people say you don't need to study vocab for the GRE Verbal section, but I disagree. When practicing, I found that what held me back the most in Verbal was vocabulary, even though I read and write frequently. So these cards seemed like the solution. I haven't taken the GRE yet but I've definitely seen an improvement while practicing.

Edit: I took the GRE two days ago and my unofficial verbal score was 160. I stand by what I said: studying vocabulary is important. A lot of the words I studied appeared on the test.There were still some I didn't recognize, but that's my fault for not going through all of the words in the flash cards.
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on February 25, 2018
Great flash cards with excellent definitions and example sentences. I wish I would have purchased these sooner! I bought both the essential and advanced packs; they are definitely a great help for the GRE. If I had to pick just one, I'd pick the advanced pack, since I knew about half of the words in the essential pack.
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on August 25, 2014
I have to say that I was hesitant about purchasing these cards at first because I thought it would just be words on the front and definitions on the back. But it's much more than that. Yes, on the front is the word, part of speech, and pronunciation. On the back of the card is the definition, example sentences, synonyms, and interesting facts about the words. Many of the sentences are pretty funny--the author seems to have a great sense of humor. It actually makes learning these cards much more fun and interesting. I also love the little factoids that are included with each word. Overall, I would highly recommend this set of flash cards.
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on August 20, 2013
I received the Essential words as well. These are fantastic. Like mentioned in the other review, the cards are thick, sturdy, come with multiple definitions, example in a sentence, and then other similar words. The key ring is awesome to keep organized (especially since I study when commuting to work). These are so efficient and time-saving (versus making your own cards or trying to study from a list). Plus, you can have someone quiz you once you're ready to move on to other words. Really, really amazing product.
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on October 6, 2017
Great cards! I bought these for my boyfriend when he was studying for his GRE, and he said that many of the words in here ended up appearing on the actual test. The cards are well designed, the variety and level of difficulty of the cards included seemed great!
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on October 12, 2016
I recently took the GRE and can confirm that a significant number of the words included in this set of flash cards appeared on the real test. There were four or five questions on the verbal section that I got correct specifically because I studied with these cards. The only way to score well on the verbal section is to build up your vocabulary, and this is the best way to do it. To anyone who is serious about earning a strong verbal score, I cannot recommend these cards highly enough.
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on March 24, 2018
These cards came handy when I was preparing for GRE, the vocabulary used is relevant to the exam and the descriptions, examples and synonyms provided on the back make it easier to remember and recall the words.
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